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better, and still a value you love. new angel soft®. now stronger than ever. >>> between fiscal cliff talks and global economic recovery, business stories will continue to dominate the headlines as we head into the new year but there was also a lot to talk about in the last year. we recap the top business stories of 2012. >> reporter: the economy continued its slow recovery with help from the rebounding housing markets. both sales and prices increased. >> buyers are coming back. >> reporter: five major banks agreed to a $25 billion settlement for unfair mortgage practices. the ceo of jpmorgan chase has revealed a trading loss that cost the bank more than $6 billion. we made a mistake. i'm absolutely responsible. the buck stops with me. >> reporter: facebook cheered as its stock became available to the public. shares dropped quickly, eventually sliding into the 20s. the broader stock market gained ground. though wall street worried debt troubles overseas could cause a collapse of the european banking system. >> that could be very, very ugly. >> reporter: severe weather took a toll on t
-called fiscal cliff, new report that is the president has a back-up plan. we are live in hawaii next on what that might look like. gregg: and mother nature throwing a huge wrench into the holiday travel rush. the latest check on the weather conditions and travel delays next. heather: can one of the survivors of the sandy hook elementary school shooting tragedy speaks out. how the school principal and two other school employees saved her life. >> the three of them were shot, and they yelled back, shooter, stay put. they saved my life and the life of four others who were at that meeting. gregg: another fox news alert. this new development in the fight over the fiscal crisis as lawmakers head home for the holidays. there are reports president obama is scaling back his hope for a sweeping budget bargain with republicans. welcome to a brand new hour of "america live". i'm gregg jarrett. heather: i'm heather childers. we're in for megyn kelly. the president reportedly looking to strike a smaller deal that would extend tax cuts for the middle class without tackling spending cuts as reports surfaced
for that. >>> it is 5:17 now. >>> a bleak outlook for avoiding the fiscal cliff. with the new year approaching washington's failure to reach a compromise is affect americans' confidence. taxes will go up on january 1st if they don't reach a deal. >> i've asked leaders of congress to work toward -- it protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans, and laze the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. >> the president's solution of raising tax rates would still be ready as far as the eye can see and hurt jobs. >> president obama said he will cut his hawaiian vacation short to hammer out a deal with congress with the deadline a short week away. >>> 5:18 now. >>> the nra is adamant about its idea of placing armed guards in the nation's schools. >> this comes as diane fine stein promises to introduce new gun control legislation in the new year. the head of the nra put the game on violent video games and problems with the mental health system insisting another assault weapons ban is not the answer. >> it doesn't work. diane fine stein had her ban, and c
, everyone goes oh, this is why the fiscal cliff was important. >>> in other news this morning, retail analysts blame worries of that fiscal cliff and other issues for a slump in holiday shopping. sales fell more than 4% during the second week of december. but overall sales should be up 2.5%. online sales are up more than 8% through saturday to an estimated $48 billion. you done with your shopping? >> i got most of it done. my husband is going to have to finish it off for the rest of the family because i don't have anymore time. >> perfect excuse. >> and he's happy to do it. mother nature is getting into the holiday spirit with christmas lights of her own. listen to this, jupiter and the moon will be in conjunction tomorrow evening, but they're already close together in the sky. and bright enough to be visible around the world, even in big cities. >> and with a home telescope you'll be able to see the storms on jupiter and the four largest moons, as well as the mountains and the craters there on the moon. even with the naked eye, believe it or not, you'll still be able to check out thi
in the next nine days to avoid the fiscal cliff we ring in the new year with big tax increases and spending cuts. here to talk about what is going to happen are two leading senators. john barasso, chairman of the republican policy committee and from new york democrat kent conrad, chairman of the senate budget committee. senators welcome back to "fox news sunday." >> thanks for having me. >> good to be with you. >> chris: before heading to hawaii for christmas the president laid out a new stripped down plan to avert the fiscal cliff. here is what it is. extend the bush tax cuts for people making less than $250,000. extend unemployment benefits for the 2 million people who will run out next month and delay the sequester of $110 billion in spending cuts next year. for all of the talk of $4 trillion in debt reduction this plan would only save $800 billion over ten years. senator conrad is that the best that washington can do over the next nine days and can you pass even that? >> look, chris, it may come to that but we can do better. and we should do better. this is an opportunity to do somethin
back from the fiscal cliff why congress may be selling the new year on capitol hill. >> first america's money report. >>> good morning. topping america's money, last minute shopping, many shoppers haven't finished. consumer reports says 17 million will be shopping today, more than 60% will throw in the towel and get those gift cards. so far, a quiet holiday season at the malls, analysts say shoppers are worried about the budget stalemate in washington delayed by superstorm sandy and depressed by the connecticut school shooting. retailers hope today will make up for that many federal workers have more time to shop, president obama gave them today off, many government offices are closed. financial markets closing early as are most post offices. the hobbit topped box office again for the second straight weekend, it took in 37 million dollars more than double any other movie even though many did their last minute shopping instead that's . >>> just about 5:14 thank you spore spending your christmas eve with us. live look towards san francisco, beautiful lights, bay, rain is going to take a
it for me. "newsroom" continues now. >>> i'm alina cho. topping our news. if you're hoping for a fiscal cliff averting, tax-reforming package all wrapped in a big red bow, better fire off a quick note to santa. a grand bargain isn't going to come by christmas or new year's when all sorts of tax increases and automatic spending cuts take effect. it may take up president obama's bare bones stopgap measure. that plan would block tax hikes for those earning $250,000. it would extend unemployment benefits to 2 million americans and put off spending cuts until the new year brings a new congress. our expert on all matters relating to the fiscal cliff is dana bash. she joins me now from washington. dana, great to see you again. tell me does even a band-aid approach work? >> it's going to be tough. this is all math. but it really has to do with the math with regard to votes. and democrats especially who i'm talking to in the senate which is probably where this will originate, the reality is that democrats don't hold a very big majority. her going to need to have a handful of republicans to cross
the president really wants to go over the fiscal cliff? lori: cannot wait to hear where we stand, the latest negotiation or any at all on the cliff. spending specifically on toys. there is not a runaway must-have toy this year, but there are some hits and a few misses as well. what will be under the trees or what will be stuck on the retail shelves. david: but first, we will tell you what drove the market today with today's "data download." continued gridlock in the beltway sending stocks lower. the shorts in the day of trading. all three major indices closing the red with the dow closing the best losses, energy and utilities led the declines while materials and consumer discretionary outperform. natural gas a big mover in the energy pits falling more than 2% despite colder weather in much of the country this week forecasters expecting mild temperatures in january and that might have hurt natural gas a little bit. the japanese yen falling to a 20 month low against the dollar. coming to the back of comments from the incoming prime minister who says he will consider changing the law governing
will be cut before new year's to avert the fiscal cliff by extending tax cuts temporarily or tax cuts from people under $250,000 of income. i spoke this morning to a republican member of congress who said, we still can come back next week, and we can still do it, although, you know, mara was talking in her piece about shoppers who think they get a better deal the longer they wait. it's a worse deal for the republican party having waited this long, having gotten beaten on the plan b that speaker boehner was trying to do. the terms are getting worse for republicans, not better. >> a lot of people watching this will say if congress couldn't reach a grand bargain with a self-imposed deadline, this so-called fiscal cliff, when will they ever get together and do something big? is there hope beyond the 31st and 1st of this year that eventually there will be a big deal? >> well, i've always been perhaps excessively optimistic about this, but i think, yes. look, members of congress understand that we have a long-term fiscal problem. they have different visions for how to achieve it. the republican
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. the new year and the so-called fiscal cliff. for the record, though, it's about 178 hours away if we're getting down to the wire. that's specifically. how much negotiating can be squeezed in to that little bit of time? >>> new numbers on whether exist consumers are buying less. >>> and just in time for the holiday, a christmas storm expecting to hit the midwest. when, where and how much snoi is expected. we bring the answers in minutes. >>> we start with optimism as a last words that comes to mind with the fiscal cliff and with just a week left for talks left, la lawmakers are saying a deal is looking less likely than ever. >> it's a first time i feel it's more likely that we'll go over the cliff than not. and that -- if we allow that to happen it will be the most coloss colossal, consequential act of congressional irresponsibility in a long time. maybe ever in american history because of the immaterial pact on almost every single american. >> what will happen to an average american paycheck in a deal is not reached by january 1st? joining me now, washington bureau correspondent hamp
whether you are looking for to the upcoming new year. >>> one week until we reach the fiscal cliff what president obama says he's willing to do to make sure a deal gets pushed through. >>> welcome back. without cloud cover three degrees cooler san francisco, fremont, 15 napa, 13 santa rosa, 12 livermore, 40 now 37 in napa and also santa rosa heading out to oakland, 43, 48 san francisco and 44 mountain view and san jose this afternoon partly cloudy, mid 50s breezy along the coast upper 40s to low 50s. next three days we have rain tomorrow afternoon into the evening scattered showers wednesday and a stray shower mainly dry thursday, in the mid 50s. >>> 6:15. an afghan policewoman is in custody after officials say she shot and killed an american adviser outside police headquarters afghanistan's capital. kabul's governor says the woman entered a strategic and highly secure come upon in the heart of the capital and shot the adviser as he came out of a shop. a police official says the woman was able to enter the compound armed because she is a police officer. the adviser who was killed was a
for the fiscal cliff is just one week away. they are waiting for a small patch rather than a large fix. president barack obama is on vacation and so is house speaker john boehner and there is no agreement and if we go over the cliff, most americans will see higher taxes. >>> a police woman shot and killed an american security adviser. it happened inside the heavily guarded area. the shooting appears to be an insider attack and authorities say this is the first such attack by a woman and was arrested by afghan police. >>> they are dealing with the rising number of homicides and one city now is also known for its violence. police say 18 people have been killed so far which is down from 43 years ago. the city declared a state of emergency after a deadly summer in 2005. >>> they plan on conduct being several checkpoints from hours from now. they canceled one in fremont and drunk driving is made worse when there are heavy rains like the ones we had over the weekend. they were just three from the same timeframe when skies are clear. >>> roads have been pretty clear and we are just getting a new report
cliff. what happens after the 1st of january to the markets if we go over the fiscal cliff? >> well, you know, it's -- you're going to see a sell off because it's going to be a hit on earnings. you always have to look at the news stories and does that affect forecasted earnings or interest rates? and this does all of that so this will be a negative on the stock market. forecasts are anywhere from a 10 to 15% drop in the stock market based on earnings expectations and hit to earnings. this will be devastating to the economy, to the stock market and it needs to be, it doesn't look like it's going to happen, david. it looks like we're going to get a little bit of extension it it of the tax, the bush tax credits or the bush tax cuts and see unemployment benefits, you know, extended for about 2 million people. and as a result, we're going to see a lot of discussion and little results except higher taxes, that's for sure. >> and one thing that surprised me, we know that taxes will remain the same until the end of the year. we assume that taxes are going to go up after the first of the year. so
. as fiscal cliff talks drag into the 11th hour with $600 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts due to kick in early next year, lawmakers will get back to the table later this week after house speaker john boehner's plan b failed to get enough republican support for a vote last week. >>> still, the market has been resilient. despite friday's decline, the s&p 500 posted its best week in four. and with just five trading sessions left in 2012, the dow has advanced 8% while the s&p 500 climbed 13. the nasdaq has jumped 16%. >>> reports are due this week on pending home sales. sales of new homes and a look at home prices in the nation's 20 largest cities. >>> are you still not sure what to get for the person who has everything? new retail numbers show footwear was the fifth most popular gift on shoppers' lists on black friday. a year ago, shoes didn't even make it into the top ten gifts for the season. >>> good news for hollywood. attendance by moviegoers is up more than 5.5% so far this year. ticket revenue is projected to jump by 6% by the end of 2012 which would be the industry's biggest year
to bring us back from the fiscal cliff? might we see him before the new year? >> oh, i think it's almost a guarantee at this point. he'll be working the phones here in hawaii and he saw senator reed today at the memorial service, but told by white house aides it's likely the president will interrupt this vacation shortly after christmas and get back to congress washington on the 27th of december. because with this looming deadline at the end of the year unlikely to stay here in hawaii and in the meantime, trying to get in family time and a little golf and is now on a hike with the first family. but there's the big budget crisis. >> harris: hopefully with down time you get to hike diamondhead, it's great. >> good to see you. >> harris: a developing story last night on fox report. that marine held behind bars in mexico for months now back on u.s. soil. you know that, he's been in a car driving home to florida from coming across the border in texas. with his dad. he's not home yet and now a health scare prompting a detour on that road home. he's hospitalized tonight, what we're learning abo
is on vacation obviously. is he doing other work that might bring him back to bring us back from the fiscal cliff. might we see him before the new year? >> i think it is almost a -- it is very likely the president will interrupt the vacation. it is around the session in december. he is unlikely to stay here in hawaii. in the meantime trying to get in family time. it is that vacation will be interrupted. >> hopefully with downtime you have time to hike diamond head in my honor. enjoy. >> it is great. beautiful. >> merry christmas. >> a developing story from last night the marine now back on u.s. soil. he has been on a car driving home to florida coming into texas. now a health scare prompting a detour on that road home. he is hospitalized tonight. what we are learning about john ham ar's condition. >> another american goes free after a nightmarish ordeal. this missionary kidnapped while doing god's work. the family who thought they might not ever see again. >> stay with us. >> we have been following john hammar's story and he is the 27-year-old marine combat veteran back on u.s. soil finally this
of ar15 ammunition magazines have been told in the last three days. >> >> fiscal cliff talks, without a deal, automatic tax hikes and spending cuts would kick in january 1st, affecting almost all americans. democrats and republicans insist they are committed to reaching a deal. congress returning to washington the day after christmas. senator from hawaii, laid to rest. president obama and the first lady attended the memorial service. he was the first japanese american elected to both houses of congress and the second largest serving u.s. senator. he was 88 years old. >> back here in maryland a police shooting in baltimore county, a police officer opened fire, killing a man who had a knife. that's where derrick is tonight with the details. >> reporter: police say the officer was acting in self- defense when he confronted and shot a suspicious man he found back here behind this gas station. it all started with an officer on routine patrol as he passed the shell gas station at ed monton around 3:45 in the morning. he noticed a suspic
is tracking the discussions on capitol hill concerning the fiscal cliff. we've broken our newsroom into four groups. one to monitor the potential impact on the local economy. a second to prepare you for what could happen to you and your family. a third will help you take action and the fourth will hold lawmakers accountable. you can get alerts sent straight to your phone about all our fiscal cliff notes by texting the cliff to 25543. >>> senator michael crapo of ied low has been arrested -- idaho has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence. he was pulled over sunday morning for running a red light in virginia. he failed a field sobriety test. the senator issued a statement saying he was deeply sorry and would deal with whatever penalty comes his way. he's due in court january 4. >>> former president george h.w. bush may not be home in time for christmas. doctors at a houston hospital say the 41st president needs to build up his energy before he can be released. the 88-year-old bush was hospitalized november 23 for a bronchitis-related cough. >>> president obama was among t
we're going to manage to see some type of a resolution on the fiscal cliff? we're seeing a lot of finger pointing now and hearing from both sides saying it's in the other side's interest to delay these negotiations. >> i've had conversations with people in new york and working on trade floors. what i've been told by them is there is a huge number of meetings going on around closed doors avoiding all cameras. there has to be a solution. both parties would be blamed if they didn't have a solution. so we know there's going to away solution. it's just what solution is it going to be? >> is it fair to say a grand bargain is off the table? >> or maybe a solution for a few months just to keep it going pap complete collapse is not acceptable. it's not an option. but maybe prolonging this for another three or four months and maybe having longer discussions about it may be the only solution they can come to. >> we're talking about how taxes could potentially go up for 98% of americans. is it going to be an issue of if and when that happens, if they don't reach even a short-term solution,
on sunday on reaching a deal for the white house to avoid reaching the fiscal cliff. the president and congress on christmas vacation. it will be thursday before talks resume to try and prevent the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts from taking effect january the 1st. andrew spencer with the very latest from washington. >> reporter: some republican lawmakers say president wants the country to fall over the cliff. >> we were going over the cliff before. that's what the president wants. >> john boehner failed to get vets in on thursday. that would have raised taxes on people earning more than a million dollars a year. on friday speaker painer and the president left with no deal, each making a parting pitch. >> i asked leaders of congress to work toward a package that prevents a tax hike on middle- class americans, protects insurance for 2 million americans and laze the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. >> the president's -- it would hurt jobs. >> reporter: the partisan bickering has put the country on the brink of a potential economic crisis. some
for the holidays and the president is on vacation in hawaii while the fiscal cliff creeps ever closer. will there be a big new years resolution? plus -- >> if it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our school to protect our children, then call me crazy. >> the head of the nra speaks out exclusively to nbc news intensifying the emotionally charged debate on gun control. it's monday, december 24th. welcome to this special edition of "m schsnb"msnbc." as for president obama and john boehner, they are miles apart. neither are them talking about the deal the country really needs. kristin, we were talking yesterday that there's a possibility the president was considering coming back early perhaps thshould they strike a deal of some sort. >> i think it's likely president obama will cut his vacation short. we haven't gotten guidance about when that is going to happen. the white house is calling this a working vacation, but the reality is that talks are largely deadlocked over the fiscal cliff. there have been a few conversations going on at the staff level but really the
sector. and hoping to catch more of the housing uprise. but with the fiscal cliff looming, i was wondering if you would advise more defenseless strategy like consumer staples or something going into the new year. >> what i was thinking i told a friend of mine today conagra reported an amazing number. that's the kind of thing i would think about. nice yield. good growth. i think that's the best idea. why don't we go to brooks in ohio. brooks was here. brooks? >> caller: my question is about abbott, the split, how's it going down and which side are you on? >> good news today. the split will be included in the s&p which is why it was up. abbott is going higher. that's why my travel trust owns it. things seem dysfunctional in washington but even now it's better to be a buyer than a seller if you know where to look. "mad money" will be right back. >> announcer: coming up, the world is overflowing with information and tibco helps make sense of ones and zeros. while the market is up nice for the year, its stock is now down big. does today's turn to the green mean it's time to logon
taxes. apparently a fiscal cliff solution is not wrapped up as a gift under your christmas tree. makers are home for the holidays. house speaker john boehner is in ohio, president obama is in his native hawaii. you'll hear about a last ditch effort that may happen after the holiday. that story just a few moments away here as well. >> a united states senator was arrested for drunk driving early sunday morning. idaho republican was taken to jail in alexandria virginia after midnight. he was stopped for running a red light and charged with driving under the influence. the senator has issued an apology. he was released on $1,000 bond and he has a court date. >>> christmas, two days away, and for much of the country it's going to be a white one. heavy snowfall has blanketed several states up to five feet of snow is expected. snow is also falling back east as well. like lake effect snow has blanketed areas around cleveland and buffalo. high winds are threatening to delay flights in new york, philadelphia and washington. >>> the report you're about to see has very graphic images of people hurt
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fiscal cliff. here is "the new york times" frontpage. the headline -- that is "the new york times" reporting. inside the paper, they say democratic leaders say they will move forward on legislation this week only a senator mitch mcconnell of kentucky, the republican leader, will assure them it will not be filibustered -- investors anticipate a turbulent week in the market of congress and the white house continued the standout. i also note that mr. mcconnell's own reelection bid is coming in 2014. the borrower review of the nothing to shift the anger of some self assessment of the speaker does nothing to pass it does go to the floor. the bill is not moving along, says bob corker from tennessee. here is what the republican from idaho had to say about the fiscal cliff negotiation. [video clip] >> if we get down to the end of the year and the only choice we have is to save taxes going up on the middle-class, i would support that. but i wish we had a comprehensive bill that dealt with spending, entitlement, and taxes altogether. that is really what we ought to do. host: that was senato
the fiscal cliff, however, and that's the bad news. and looming tax hikes, spending cuts, all of that. both sides warning a very big deal becoming a bit more unlikely. >> and my one bit of advice to speaker boehner is this. you cannot pass a bill with just republicans. on a broad thing like this, you need both. and he has put himself with plan b and sort of an impossible position. he has to get these hard right goes to go along with him. and he and the president were going to say we're going to pass a deal with the majority of republicans and the majority of democrats in the house and senate, we would get a mainstream deal. >> i think we're going to fall out of the fiscal tree. the big deal for the big deal is at the debt ceiling. that's when we will have leverage to turn the country around. >> congress is now out of session for the christmas holiday. but expect it to be back thursday. joe, we talked to some of the senators and congress last week saying will you come back from vacation? some of them pretend like they weren't going, but i think they really were. >> if boehner's leadership is
this available immediately. congress and the president are in the middle of these fiscal cliff and there's no agreement in sight on that. so the idea that congress could suddenly put forward a lot of extra money for something new is not very real in washington. obviously, guns will be on the agenda next year. the president will be pushing for something very different than what wayne lapierre recommended but the national rifle association very powerful and they will have supporters for it as well. >> it seems that everything fell apart right before law makers left for christmas break. boehner's plan b didn't go over so well. >> it didn't go anywhere. and it was interesting because it looked like in the days before that that there had been some movement. president obama had changed his offer and they're really not that far apart on the actual numbers. speaker boehner could not get it through the house. he had to pull the bill. they seemed further apart. if he can't get it for the millionaire's tax, it will be very, very hard to see how we can get preside
's a member of the bipartisan so-called gang of eight that tried to negotiate a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. he's due in court january 4. >>> mitt romney's son is making news after an interview he gave to "the boston globe" this weekend. tag romney, who played a major role in the campaign said "he wanted to be president less than anyone i've met in my life." he also said his dad had no desire to run again after falling short in 2008. but was pushed into it by a weak republican field. >>> to the weather now. meteorologist chuck bell is here, talking about some rain for christmas eve. chuck, is it going to be all rain or will some of it be of the frozen variety? >> jim, that is the $64,000 question. i think most locations, especially north and west of i-95, will see at least some small amount of sleet. the steadier sleet will be well out to the north and west, in the mountains of west virginia. the moisture is coming out of the deep south and it's reached as far north as the kentucky and north carolina and tennessee boarders with virginia. this is all inbound rain. it's not going to get here
consumer doesn't understand the fiscal cliff but i think they watch the news and understand something is wrong and people are very worried about it. i think that the way things stand now, if we do go over the cliff, it is going to be most of an impact for lower end consumer. i think the higher end consumer still has an ability to spend. certainly maybe a bit more cognizant of impaktd opinion but their ability to spend on discretionary categories, it is not hammered to the extent it'll cause major pull back in spending and categories of things we cover. maybe they won't buy boats and homes, but i think sweaters and watches will sell good in that category. >> that is certainly a big, big worry but again a worry for lower end consumer. more so than the higher end consumer. if you look at employment trends, high end versus low end, it is a very different story and i think that the lower end consumer is the consumer i'm most worried about if we good over the fiscal cliff. >> what do you think about that, is that the category you would watch as well going over the fiscal cliff? >> the categ
toward a fiscal cliff deal more in the action in the house or senate. the responsibility now to avoid massive taxes and draconian spending cuts resting squarely on the president. fox news chief white house correspondent ed henry with our report. >> just as our economy is really starting to recover and starting to see optimistic signs and we have seen actually some upside to from a whole range of areas, including two from including housing, now is not the time for more self-inflicted wounds , seven not the estimate from washington. lou: president obama's top advisers were quick to dump on the speaker come -- declaring he is backed into a corner. >> they went from plan b to plan seal later. the fact that they could not even plan -- pass that was an embarrassment. >> in private the president's advisers admit they are bit more apprehensive firmly believing mr. obama has the upper end of the public. if the market takes the hit to the commander-in-chief we will still face his share of heat for washington this function to may point republicans are hammering. >> the u.s. economy is estate her
the fiscal cliff showed nasdaq lost 8. the market will reopen. >>> it indicates the social media giant funneled money into a sister company and the move is known as a double irish move to use the money for subsidiaries to pay lower taxes. >>> more than 92,000 people rolled the ferry to at&t park this past championship season. this is the first time they have had 92,000 or more. back in 2009 only 60,000 people rode the giant's ferry. >>> muni is getting some help for some hackathons. they are focusing their skills to help with scheduling programs. one of the most promising features shows the realtime location of buses and maps and now it is being tried out at the station. and gas prices are at its lowest with the average for regular at $3.25 per gallon. and it is more than a dime cheaper in san jose and almost down a dollar 20 from last year. >>> many bought a ticket worth $23 million. the ticket had all five numbers and was sold at sunshine center at pharmacy in south san francisco. that store will receive $115,000 for selling the winning ticket. >>> the rain is gone but concerns are n
percent of what they want. lou: there are only ten days remaining to the fiscal cliff. president obama headed to value within actually minutes, and members of congress have also gone home for chrrstmas vacation already. in a news conference today, speaker boehner admitted negotiations with the president have, indeed, been difficult. >> until the president on monday, these are my bottom lines. the president told me that his numbs, $1 trillion in new revenues, 850 billion in spending cuts was his bottom-line. he could not go any further. lou: and he didn't. the plan be option collapsing last night when he failed to get republican support to raise taxes on only those making more than a million dollars a year. over in the senate majority leader harry reid pounced on the very public embarrassing defeat. >> we knew the so-called plan b was no plan at all. it could not pass the senate. it turns out, it could not pass the house either. it is too bad speaker boehner wasted a week in his political stunt. lou: if there is no agreement, taxes will go up on all american taxpayers and hundreds of bi
. there was a expected a lower opening. of the driving force was the fiscal cliff. expect low trading volume with wall street closing at 10:00 a.m. our time, 1:00 p.m. on the east coast. we will watch and wait. >> it is crunch time for last-minute shopping as you know. and you better know. this deadline is firm if you are still looking to get some gas. >> also, of costco open from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 a.m. macy's closes at 6:00 and canno tonigh and what else is that they are a bit concerned on a shopping. but for a week and was strong percent. but analysts says sales fell 4-point-3 percent for the week ending december 15th. and last week they forecasted holiday spending to decrease another 2-point- 5 percent. previous expectations were for a 3-point-3 percent increase in spending. >> this live look from our roof cam. video from san mateo sent by one of our viewers. as rain poured into a hillsdale mall parking lot. look at all the water. you can see it rushing down the steps of the stairwell. causing the surrounding area to partially flood. no one was able to walk down those stairs without facing the risk of
concerning the fiscal cliff. we have broken our newsroom into four groups. one to monitor the potential impact on the local economy, a second to prepare you for what could happen to you and your family, a third will help you take action and the fourth will hold lawmakers accountable. you can get alerts sent straight to your phone about all our fiscal cliff notes by texting the cliff to 525 eowe to 25 -- the cliff to 25543. >>> time for your money segment of the morning. it is the final trading week of the year for the stock market. the fiscal cliff is scaring investors. stocks sank friday as the economy inches closer to going over the edge. the dow was down 120 points. the nasdaq down 29. the s&p slipped 13 and a half points. >>> the stock market is on track, though, for its fourth straight year of gains. the dow is up overall nearly 8%. the nasdaq has rallied more than 15% so far this year. the stock market is closed tomorrow for the christmas break. there will still be plenty of economic reports to sift through this week, including the latest on home prices and sales, consumer confide
on the fiscal cliff deal. besides being the leader of catholic church, pope benedict xvi is challenged author. it challenges part of the traditional nativity scene. we look another faith and facts surrounding the first christmas. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: pope benedict xvi dons the scholar hat in the latest booth. book, exploring the christmas story as event in history. >> gospel story of jesus is historical. pope distinguishes that. symbolic approach. like when augustus is emperor of rome he situates this at specific time. it's unlike mythic language like once upon a time. or "star wars" long, long ago in galaxy far,f away. >> he was a prolific author before becoming pope. but this book had an initial printing of unprecedented million copies in nine languages and hitting bookstores in 50 countrys. >> he takes a study of the iconic images. animals in the manger. neither one of the two gospels that contain the birth narrative matthew and luke mentions them present. >> he points out in the gospel story itself you don't find reference. but later they appeared. >> the pope writes that jesus was born e
. stocks sank friday as the economy inches closer to the fiscal cliff. the dow down 120. the nasdaq down 29. still the stock market is on track for its fourth straight year of gains. the dow sup nearly 8%. the -- is up nearly 8%. the nasdaq has rallied more than 15%. so far this year. the stock market is closed for christmas. more economic reports to sift through the rest of the week, including home prices and sales and consumer confidence and jobless claims. >>> washington's failure to agree on a budget is affecting americans's confidence in finances. consumer sentiment index for december fell sharply from november's five-year high. more than one in four people surveyed cited concerns about higher taxes. before we go to break, i want to tell you again to donate to st. jude's children's hospital and help the courys' dream come true. text light at 5 -- text life to 50333 to donate $10. >>> redskins hang on to victory over the eagles. rg3's return and his playoff implications. we'll be right back. >>> howard here with your weather first. going to be a raw day. rain will be developing. eight g
the spotlight as lawmakers debated over how to avert the fiscal cliff. mother nature took a toll on several parts of the country this year. superstorm sandy ripped through the northeast in late october, leaving a trail of damage along the way. the storm racked up damage of around $60 billion, making it the second most expensive storm ever for the u.s., following hurricane katrina. the storm destroyed houses and businesses on the east coast, leaving millions without power. just months earlier, crop prices shot up following a massive drought that hit the midwest and some northern states. weeks without rain sent corn and soybean prices sky-high. it was estimated that the drought was the worst in nearly a quarter of a century. 2012 was not without its controvesies. trading scandals rocked the news, highlighted by jpmorgan chase. the big bank lost more than $2 billion in what was called "a trading debacle." ceo jamie dimon took a trip to capitol hill for a testimony where he told senators that the industry needs "strong regulation, not always more." meanwhile, at chick-fil-a, the ceo of the popu
no deal preventing the economy from going over that now infam mouse fiscal cliff. members of congress are still pointing firngs over who is to blame for the lack of progress. meanwhile, connecticut's independent senator, joe lieberman expects congress to work right up until the new year's eve deadline. he's not sure that will be enough. >> it's first time i'm more likely that we'll go over the cliff than not. if we allow that to happen, it will be the most colossal consequential act of congressional irresponsibility in a long time. >> the president and congress are on short holiday breaks. they're due back later in the week. one possibility in all of this mess is a partial deal on taxes while putting off agreement on spending until some time down the road. >>> former president george h.w. bush may be spending thanksgiving in the hospital. he's been there since thanksgiving. he's battling bronchitis and a lingering cough. >>> south africans are sending warm wishes to former president nelson mandela. he's been in the hospital f two weeks with a lung infection. he's said to be in no immi
to be here. >> so does all the drama over the fiscal cliff and uncertainty about the economy weigh on consumers? how are you expecting the season to play out? >> well, i don't have any doubt that it does weigh on consumers, it's in the news constantly, people are worried about it, but having said that, we're talking about christmas here. this is no minor holiday. so christmas is going to come on tuesday. it is christmas day. and consumers have to get shopping. and the last thing that parents want to cut back on is the toy is the holiday present for their child for christmas. >> true. so i want to go through the toys you brought. what are you expecting in terms of this christmas holiday shopping season? anything we should look at as far as the real gauges? >> well, you know, it's all going to come down to the last weekend, to the last few days. >> even christmas eve. >> even christmas eve. and toys"r"us, just to make sure, we are open 24 hours all the way through until 10:00 p.m. christmas eve night. so there's still plenty of time, if you haven't bought the toy, get out there now,
on the fiscal cliff put on hold. leaders claiming they'll be willing to go back to work and work toward a deal, but john boehner says the white house proposal doesn't quite go far enough to reduce massive government spending. failure to reach an agreement by december 31st will trigger tax hikes and spending cuts as you know by now. final results expected tomorrow in egypt's constitutional referendum. there have been weeks of protest over the constitution there, which opponents say gives too much power to the president and his supporters. egypt's vice-president just resigned and we know that that constitution has passed now. it eliminates his position and there's also word that the governor of egypt's central bank quit this weekend as well. i'm harris falkner, now back to huckabee. ♪ >> the pro-lifers whose pro he abortion debate has been heating up in ireland after the death of a pregnant indian woman. she was admitted to the hospital in pain. and asking for aabortion, believing she miscarried the baby. the doctors refused to abort, saying the heartbeat was present. and abortion is illegal
turn that lagging sector around? futures moving lower, as concerns about the fiscal cliff talks weigh on the market. talks about progress toward a deal sent the down lower by almost 521 points on friday. s&p up almost 14% on the year. it's interesting, this year we've had so many unnatural phenomenon taking place, whether it's the effects of the fed's monetary policy, year end, fiscal cliff tax related issues. the motivations are a little bit different this time around than they were last year. >> yeah. it's not as pressing, some would argue. some were actually saying on friday, maybe it would have been better if the markets had a sharper sell-off because that could have forced the lawmakers to do something as opposed to leave for obama to have a hastily called friday evening press conference saying, you know what, congress, you have ten days, you go work it out. it's doable. >> it's been an interesting year. of course, we started off so well, in terms of expectations for economic growth. we had an election this year, too. i think that's another thing that is sort of the key. we hit e
. investors will have to wait for news on the fiscal cliff until after christmas. that uncertainty is pushing markets lower. the s & p 500, all down this morning. trading expected to be light with high volatility today. and markets close early at 1:00 p.m. eastern. >>> and a red alert for a possible volcanic eruption in chile. the volcano hits high in the andes mountains and might be poised to blow. so far, chile's geological service has not sent out a mandatory evacuation order. >> prince harry killed his first taliban fighter in afghanistan, as he flew to the rescue of a patrol under attack. defense sources deny reports that he killed a taliban commander, but admitted he had deployed his weapon. the prince is nearing an end of a four-month tour of duty in hellman province. >>> and a judge has sign off on the bp settlement regarding the gulf oil spills. bp expects to pay out 7$7.8 billion. it includes thousands of claims of businesses and individuals in five states on the gulf of mexico. bp faces many other lawsuits, including a major civil trial in february. >>> a memorial for sandy hook vi
, in 90 seconds with the fiscal cliff coming, is a carbon tax also on the way? you thought it was gone, not so. that's next. [ male announcer ] you are a business pro. omnipotent of opportunity. you know how to mix business... with business. and from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle. and go. you can even take a full-size or above. and still pay the mid-size price. i could get used to this. [ male announcer ] yes, you could business pro. yes, you could. go national. go like a pro. >> well, we've already talked a lot the about it this morning. president obama can't raise enough money through his tax plans to cover all the spending. that means he could resume other ways for the revenue to come in. will a carbon tax be among them? joining us now from the american action forum, sam, we know the president wants this thing. he tried desperately, even with democrats holding both houses of congress, however, he couldn't get it. will he try to pursue it in his first year of the second term? >> well, there's certainly a lot of revenue out there. a l
>>> maybe eight days and counting before a fiscal cliff. will a shift too the senate save the day? then paradise lost. will president obama leave hawaii behind the day after christmas if a deal is in the works and the election hangover. new comments from one of mitt romney's sons that you might describe as puzzling. what do they really mean? and the gun battle rages on. new reports on why nothing may get done even after the sandy hook tragedy. >>> a massive tax hike and spending cuts -- republicans and democrats continue to point fingers in opposite directions, hinting that talks could go into the new year. >> are we going over the cliff? >> i believe we are, and i think the president is eager to go over the cliff for political purposes. he senses a victory at the bottom of the cliff. >> we only have nine days left here. when are we going to get serious about actual solutions? i would welcome john to tell me. he says he wants a solution. give us one, john. >> meanwhile, president obama is spending christmas in hawaii where he and the first lady attended the holiday memorial servic
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